Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Daily Blog for 2019 ~ Day 365 of 365

Today is the last day of the year,
 a time to reflect, give thanks and look forward.

At the beginning of 2019 I decided to challenge myself:

"I am going to make an effort to post everyday for 365.
Most days may just be a photo or short message.

My plans are to take things one day at a time
and one stitch at a time for 2019.

I have resolved not to make any resolutions 
but to sew and stitch whatever catches my interest at any given time ... 
which is pretty much what I always do in my sewing happy place."

Sewing and stitching whatever caught my interest was an easy resolution.

Finding something to post everyday was not always easy.

I have always been an introvert and 
and have never thought of myself as an interesting person 
with a lot to say that others might actually care to see or read.

I do thank my readers for following along on my small daily endevours.

There has been lots of fabric.

There is always lots of fabric.

So I end as I shall begin again in 2020.

These are the pretties that have landed on my cutting table today,

some old, some very new.

The newest, my last fabric purchase of 2019 ... 

This fabric is 


"Il y a tellement de choses inspirantes autour de nous!"

Her site is an amazing place of color and wonder.
It is in French, but has a translation button if your need it.
My French, which is the language of my maternal great grandparents,
 is not good, but I was surprised by how much I could comprehend 
without translating.

Odile's wonderful designs speaks for themselves. 

Maestro and I do not know what we are sewing with these yet.

We are dreaming and musing and looking forward 
to all the quilty adventures
that 2020 will bring.

Thank you for following along.

May you and yours have a safe and happy New Year's Eve! 


Monday, December 30, 2019

Quilt Quazy Queens To Make Us Laugh in 2020

 Are you a Quilt Quazy Queen?

I know I am

I always enjoy this fun hop in March.

This blog hop is hosted by

where the quilts are always fun and fabulous.

Hope to see you joining in the fun !

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Meowy Catmiss and Mewyear, Mewy'all!

"Hello.  I am Nutmeg here saying meow y'all. 
Merry Kitty Christmas and Happy Kitty Mew Year!

Christmas was a fun one here in the scratchingpatch.
There were lots o toys and catnip for all."

"My sister Maestro likes this one with a fluffy feather for her to lick and chew."

 "Katniss and I both chose this warm and fuzzy fleece blankie 
which someone thinks he gave to Mommy but it has cats printed on it 
so clearly it is for us cats, right?
It is mine, really, but I have to share it with Katniss,
 because neither one of us will give it up.
Katniss thinks she is the boss because she in oldest and was here first
and Mommy keeps telling me I have to be respectful."

"Mommy calls this photo 'Nutmiss Kisses' or something mushy like that."

"Mommy calls this photo 'Who, Me?' 
or something accusatory like that
because maybe I was behind the Christmas Tree 
and maybe there may have been 
an ornament ...  or two or three ... 
that I just maybe have happened to find on the floor
and I maybe was very gently moving them out of the way 
because Mommy said that they would
bring the Kitty Tree in off the front porch after The Tree came down.
 The porch was nice in the summer but was so cold 
lately that I was turning into a frozen catsicle 
when I tried to curl up there for a catnap.
Besides, they closed the door on me if I dashed out there and tried to visit the kitty tree because they said they were 'keeping the heat in'
when really they were keeping the cat meowout.
I call this photo, 'Mommy, you promised!'
Really I was just trying to be helpful."

"I call this photo, 'Mommy and Daddy got a clue"
and got the right tree back in this corner.
The nice warm furry one I can climb and scratch and enjoy."

"Katniss, you have me to thank."

"Maestro, you, too, can now enjoy the great cat tree indoors.
This place will be rocking for cabin fever season."

"For now my work is done here.
Time for a cozy cat nap.

"Have a Meowy New Year, Mew y'all!" 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

"I Has Stash!"

I am the curator of a fine private fabric collection.

Translation: "I Has Stash!"

I am thinking that maybe for the coming new year I really need to make an effort to
sew a few of these lovely collectors items into a quilt.

Translation: " I Need To Bust My Stash" 

Sew when I saw ...

I thought I would take a look to see if this might work for me.

So I joined the 

There are many pretty quilt inspirations from previous years to see.

The free block for the 2019 challenge is still available.

The challenge is based on a single block that can work into different layouts
and sizes of quilts.

Time will tell if I sew along.

Do you have stash?

Are you planning to sew your stash in 2020?

I would love to hear your quilty plans for the New Year.


Friday, December 27, 2019

Maybe the Start of Something in 2020

These fabrics from my stash are 
Dandi Annie by Robin Pickens for Moda Fabrics

If wishes were quilts I would have made a thousand quilts!
 I love the quote in this Moda photo.

Right now I wishing to sew a  

Here is the info as posted ...

"Wednesday, January 15!
Block Heads 3 will launch with 14 Block Heads and a total of 56 blocks. There will be weeks with just one block and one Moda Designer in the spotlight, and there will be weeks where we're going to keep you really, really busy.
There will be a few new wrinkles - more details to follow soon - but here's what you need to know for now.
STARTING DATE - Wednesday, January 15.
BLOCK SIZES - most of the blocks can be made in different sizes and YOU get to pick the size block you want to make.
SETTINGS - as it was for Block Heads 1, we'll provide a couple of ideas along the way, but each Designer will probably be doing something different. (And you know what that means - some will have a plan from Week 1 and others will make it up as they go along. That's the best part of it!)
YARDAGE - this is impossible to accurately calculate because you're getting to choose the size of your blocks and quilt. If you want a really big quilt, start with at least 30 FQs and 7 to 8 yards of background. Small blocks for a smaller quilt - you'll need less than that.
INSTRUCTIONS - the links to the PDFs will be on the Designer blogs for the first couple of days. We will not upload them to the Files until Friday.
The Designers will be posting the link to their blog as soon as it's published - they'll include tips, information and perhaps something extra. (They're busy making plans!)
What have I forgotten?
Block Heads 2 Files - The archive for the Block Instructions and Designer Blog Posts can be found here - http://blog.modafabrics.com/block-heads-2/.
We'll be back soon with more. "

I was not sure I wanted to participate
as I have never finished a Blockheads 1 or 2 quilt.
I like following along as I love looking at all the quilts.

Then I saw this image posted
and I realized I have some of the fabric on the right in my stash.

 Maestro and I decided these fabrics have the paw of approval for this quilt.

I love the colors in this fabric line.
The birds in the field of dandelions are my favorite fabrics in this line.
I would most likely also add some other stash fabrics
in the right colors and tones to the blocks.

The info says 7 to 8 yards of background for a large quilt.

That is a lot background fabrics so my background will be scrappy
 if I make a bed sized quilt.

I very recently purchased these gray prints with the thought of maybe using them
as a scrappy background for a quilt.

They are from the

 Memoirs Collection  by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics

I put them together and this is what I got.

The fabrics are very different in style,
one modern and one traditional,
one bright and one dark.

I think this little bird is telling me to sew them together and see what I get.

What would you do? 

Would you put these together in a quilt?

Will you be sewing along with Moda Blockheads 3? 

Always interested in hearing my readers thoughts and plans ... :-) 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

I Like Thursday # 38 ~ Christmas Forever

Santa has visited and brought me lovely fabric gifts and quilt shop gift certificates
to enjoy all year long.

It was a quiet, family Christmas here in our ...

"Broe Home For Christmas"
Here Mr Scrapatch and I are enjoying the day with our two sons,
Jon on the left and Matt on the right,
and Matt's Gal, Jessica who set up this selfie for us with her new phone camera. <3

We also skyped with my daughter and Grand-darling in Texas,
and we exchanged Christmas greetings with our SIL Matt who is deployed via internet chat.
Here Everly is enjoying the warm day there outside in her swing set fort
that Grampy built for her when we visited them.

The puppy dog pals are a much loved Christmas present we gave her two years ago
which was the last time my daughter's family was able to
"Broe Home For Christmas." 

We all enjoyed wearing our official
Broe Home for Christmas Custom T-Shirts 
from The Vinyl Forrest
which I creative daughter made for us.
I love them!

I received many thoughtful gifts,
including this lovely card and yummy treats from
 my bestest online quilty friend,
who also made me the beautiful hand quilted tablerunner
in the background as a birthday gift several years ago.
Thank you, Dorian, for your gift of friendship.

Today everyone has gone to work and the kitties are I are here
enjoying our gifts,
 and dreaming of all the things we will make in the coming New Year
and feeling very thankful.

Christmas is Forever

I am sharing it today with you and my blogging friends

I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color

May you and yours feel Christmas every day.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

May you and yours have a Blessed Christmas!

From my scrapatch to yours ... <3

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Freebie Christmas Countdown # 10 ~ Decorating the Outdoors with Wildlife Gifts

Gifting Gifts of Love for Winter Wildlife Friends

My mother always told me her grandmother told her,
"Feed the birds and you will never go hungry." 
My great grandmother survived epidemic and famine 
and being cast out of her homeland with only one younger sister 
when she lost the rest of her family
and she helped raise my mother.
My mother taught me to string popcorn, 
make peanut butter pinecones 
and suet balls and decorate a tree outdoors. 


May your Christmas be Merry
and your New Year filled with birdsong. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Freebie Christmas Countdown # 9 ~ Gingerbread Construction

... and yes, we have made gingerbread houses.

Not this year, though.

This photo was quite a few years ago.

Makes me want to have a gingerbread house party again.


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Freebie Countdown To Christmas # 8 ~ Crocheted Christmas

Yes, I can crochet and made ornaments years ago.

 Crocheted Angels from Ombawaka 
are adorable, too.

I want to make a forest of these

Crocheted Christmas Trees from The Lazy Hobbyhopper

I love that blog name.

I am a bit of a "hobby hopper" at heart.

I need to work more crochet into my life.

I always found it very relaxing.

More happy hopping in 2020!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Freebie Christmas Countdown # 7 ~ Merry Mini Quilt & FQS DIY

Yes, this is from Christmas in July and I have not sewed it yet.

The Finishing Party was Here

I also saw one that had the blocks sewn in a row for a table runner that I liked.

It is on my "need to sew" list.

 The Jolly Jabber 
also has some new

Free Holiday Projects from Fat Quarter Shop

I also saw one that had the blocks sewn in a row for a table runner that I liked.

I really need to get better organized in the New Year.

I am happy with my 2019 accomplishments.

I just want more of them in 2020.

So many quilts ... Sew little time.